BY Emma Amaize & Samuel Oyadongha
The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, worldwide, has called for the involvement of oil producing communities and other stakeholders in the Federal Government proposed fresh crusade against crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta.
It also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to organise a presidential summit on oil theft.
Jonathan had, last week, at the World Nuclear Summit in the Netherlands, hinted of plans by the Federal Government to spend $1 billion on the fight against oil theft and vandalism of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
IYC, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, said: “The problem of oil theft which is a fall out of the unresolved question of resource ownership and management, cannot be resolved without the involvement of the people of the oil producing communities who are the primary stakeholders in the fight against oil theft and vandalism of oil infrastructures
“It is on record that the Federal Government amnesty programme for ex- agitators in the Niger Delta succeeded because of the involvement of key stakeholders such as the IYC, state governments and other critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta region in its conception and implementation. However, this has not been the case with the fight against oil theft, hence the failure so far.”